Can you hear that, kids? The drums in the brush? It’s the inevitable beat of the approaching school year. Are you ready? We’ve got a few end-of-summer events for you; don’t despair. The circus is in town. Barnum’s Funundum is bringing a little fun into the world and you don’t want to miss it. Come an hour and a half early for the animal open house and meet your furry performers up close and personal. Catch the last long summer eve at the BADM in Sausalito at Lost in Space, a night of ‘60s grooves and circus fun. The Pistahan and Nihonmachi Festivals promise live music, parades, food, crafts, and big family fun. Finally, don’t forget about the Baby Food Swap coming up on Friday that we told you about last week. Keep that sunblock handy; there’s still a few weeks of easy livin’ summertime.

Hot Off the Press: Tomorrow (Friday August 13) is FREE Admission to
Aquarium of the Bay, thanks to a special Bausch & Lomb promotion.


Oakland Streets Hang out on Laurel Street with some of your favorite local bands and enjoy some good community vibes at the Laurel Street Fair. The Kids’ Zone features bumper cars, drumming circles, science booths, and games, games, games. Get a glimpse of this awesome ‘hood in Oak-town. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Oakland, free. Read more.

Got BACT’s Back The Bay Area Children’s Theatre needs some love, and their circus friends are all over it. Circus Summer features the head clown from Cirque du Soleil and local jugglers, magicians, and contortionists in a standout benefit for BACT.  Sun., 2:00 p.m., Berkeley, $25/adults, $5/children. Read more.


Somewhere Out There Marin JCC shows its last “So Much More Than a Movie” with Tim Cain and “An American Tail.” Bring the blankets, picnics, and folding chairs for Cain’s pre-concert sing-along, then join Fievel and friends as he makes his way to America. Don’t miss out on this great way to spend a summer’s eve. Sat., doors open 7:15 p.m., San Rafael, $5/adults and kids 6 and up, 5 and under free. Read more

The Big Apple The Gravenstein Apple Fair at Ragle Ranch Park sounds like an event that happens somewhere in Wisconsin, but lo, it’s that friendly little North Bay burg, Sebastopol. Bring your pie for the apple pie baking contest, or, better yet, test your teeth at the apple pie eating contest. Milk a cow, shear a sheep, or make dumplings. Get your fill of apples and good ole farm livin’. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. Sun.), Sebastopol, free. Read more.


Get Crafty The American Craft Council show offers one-of-a-kind buys from local artisans and amateurs. Look for handmade furniture, jewelry, sculptures, and even musical instruments and toys. SF Museum of Craft + Design will be holding a special MakeArt Children’s workshop on the show floor. Bring the kids to experience this world of DIY art. Show runs Fri. – Sun., MakeArt workshop, Sat., 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., San Francisco, $12/person, children 12 and under free. Read more.

A Whale of a Sale Looking for back-to-school bargains? Or something more random, like, say, a stuffed fish? Well, look no farther; we’ve got the one-stop shopping place for you. At the Bernal Heights Garage Sale, locals bring out all their best (and worst) wares for you to sort through. Find new treasures, pieces for art projects, or clothes for the school year. Everything’s possible on this hill. Sat., start times vary, San Francisco, free. Read more.



Manly Men Drop in on Roaring Camp and head back to the time (though, hopefully not the smell) of the mountain men. Roaring Camp is full of trappers and traders this weekend at their Summer Gathering of Mountain Men. See how the mountain men lived with teepee huts and the original “shag” carpeting. Then hit the trains for a blast into civilization. Sat., see website for tickets and times, Felton. Read more.

Picnic Time for Teddy Bears! Bring out your teddies and the kids who love them; the Los Altos History Museum is having a Teddy Bear Picnic. With games, activities, and food perfect for your little bears, this event with get a growl of approval. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Los Altos, $20/adults, $25/children. Read more.

-Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko